His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.
Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits - from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth - and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told - and the stories we now need to tell.
©2009 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both." (J. M. Coetzee)
"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." (O, The Oprah Magazine)
I'm not sure. I haven't read the print version.
I appreciate the varying points of view, from farm owners of good, medium, and horrible farms... from employees who quit, employees who stayed, employees who give first-hand accounts of beating and torturing animals and why they did it.....
Of course there is always some bias information in a book like this, but he did a good job of at least listing facts and numbers, and not as many opinions.
This was a one-man dictation. I think there wasn't really a way to mess it up.
How YOU are perpetuating the situation
Foer is sly. He knew that everyone would be affected, and not everyone would take action, so I like his follow through in the last chapter. Well played.
This book is monumental for me. I will be making all the changes that I can reasonably afford to make, based on the concept that if I'm not boycotting, I'm participating in the problem. If you're not with me, you're against me.... right?
I won't be vegetarian, but I think we can handle less meat, and certainly glad to hear it was POSSIBLE to buy happy meat at places such as Whole Foods. I went there after reading this book and they actually have a rating system of how the animals were treated and how they lived. And what Foer doesn't mention (maybe because he's vegetarian, now) is that happy grass-fed, free roaming beef tastes WAY better.
I'm definitely scarred for life. Bravo, Foer!
I would have rated this 4.5 stars, but there is no option and I consider it closer to 5 than 4, because I thought that it was very well done.
What I loved was the balanced and reasonable viewpoint. I expected this book to lead straight to vegetarianism being the answer, but instead found it to be a quite balanced exploration.
It was a great book to read after Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemna" because it brought up different issues, and focused on different areas of meat eating.
A chicken farmer in one of the chapters. He really loved farming chickens the right way and treating them well, and is what a farmer should be.
More than ever before anyone who eats should be well advised on where their food comes from, how it produced, handled and brought to you.
This book blew me away. I was already moving in the vegetarian direction because of other thing I read or watch. This book helped me move that extra way into not eating animals or fish.
I recommend this to everyone for all the obvious reasons but beware that there are some things that might be disturbing.
This takes off from the Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn.
A must read for everyone who would like to know the truth about animal FACTORY farming. Whether one chooses to be a vegetarian after listening to this or simply reduces one's consumption of meat is of another matter. To be inform is a worthy goal of itself.
interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.
I highly recommend this book. The author shares his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. The book is well researched, engaging, thought provoking and philosophical. He considers the issues associated with eating animals from both a cultural, ethical, and nutritious standpoint. His in depth exploration of the horrors of factory farming, both for the animals as well as for people, make the book a must read. I've always cared about animals, but this book was an eye opener for me. I didn't realize how badly we're treating food animals, nor did I fully understand the consequences to me and my family. My only complaint is that he didn't explore milk and egg production in more detail...
The narration is great and the book is a must listen! It will give you a lot to chew on
Yes, I found the story and the variety of the information informative and entertaining.
I suppose the author, because in a sense it was his journey.
There is an added intensity and playfulness that keeps the listener from wondering off in thought at the mention of a concept or idea.
No, but in fairness I did truly appreciate a fresh approach to a stale topic.
J.T.Ross has a good voice, but his narration was too slow and it made the book boring. I listen to three books per week, but I could not finish this one due to the slow narration.
Have a narrator that reads at an acceptable speed.
Same as above.
Very Important Information
The presentation was based very-well written, base on facts, read without emotion, and very persuasive.
All were excellent. The voice of the author was my favorite.
Make your own decision after hearing the facts.
very important information to consider, the subject matter will make you question your ethics for a range of topics and force you to face the fact that one needs to be informed in order to make their decision.
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